6 Most Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Asia

6 Most Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Asia

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1. Bangkok has the Longest Place Name in the World

asia factsThe city’s actual name is far different from its English name ‘Bangkok’. Its official name is Krung Thep Maha Nakhon in Thai, but the city has a far longer ceremonial name. This name is listed in the Guinness World Records as the World’s longest city name with a total of 168 letters. Although, it is sufficient to use its official name in Thai, if you are able to pronounce this name you’ll be guaranteed to receive some respect. So, if you're planning a trip to Thailand, spend some time on the flight learning the official name and you are ready to wow people when you arrive. 


Here is Bangkok’s full ceremonial name:

Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit”


The name is composed out of Pali and Sanskrit root words. If you wonder what all those words mean, the full name translates as: The City of Angels, Great City of Immortals, Magnificent City of the Nine Gems, Seat of the King, City of Royal Palaces, Home of the Gods Incarnate, Erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s Behest. Needless to say, the English translation isn’t a simple one either.


2. The world's largest sculpture is in China

asia factsEven though it’s said that India will build the tallest sculpture in the world, the current (finished, as of June 2018) tallest sculpture in the world is Spring Temple Buddha in China. Despite its record, the golden-like Buddha still remains largely an undiscovered statue hidden away in the remote part of China’s Henan province. Named after the Tianrui Hot Spring, the statue was built in 1997 and it was finished 10 years later in 2008. When taken into account the 25m (82 ft) lotus pedestal, the monument has a total height of 153 meters (502 ft). It is located in the Fodushan Scenic Area nearby the famous Tianrui hot spring with spewing waters at 60 °C and healing properties. Located below the fascinating Buddha is the Foquan temple, which houses the 116-ton heavy-weight bronze bell “Bell of Good Luck”.  Mostly visited by Chinese tourists so far, this impressive Buddha should be on your must-see list when you make it to China.  



3. Strict waistline policy of Japan

Since 2008, Japan has implemented the Metabo Law, which include an annual check-up of the waistline of people between 40 and 74 years. The goal of this policy is to reduce the country’s overweight population by implementing waistline limits for adults. Interestingly, the waistline policy is stricter for men than for women: Japan has set its waistline limit for men at 33.5 inches (85 cm) and for women 35.4 inches (89.9 cm). Local governments and companies that don’t meet the target are fined, and individuals are required to sign up for counseling and support sessions. Although Japan is widely known for it's long life spans and healthy diets, the country clearly sees a need to take preemptive measures to ensure that the population stays in good form. 




4. The World’s largest known mountain cave of Vietnam


Only discovered less than 10 years ago, Sơn Doòng Cave in Vietnam is the world’s largest known mountain cave. A local farmer originally discovered the entrance of the cave in the ’90. However, as there was only a big black hole in the ground, no one dared to go until the farmer managed to find his way with a team of scientists in the early 2000. In 2009 the cave became internationally known. The 2 to 5 million years old cave is located in the Phong Nha-kẻ Bàng National Park, Quảng Bình Province and runs for 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) long and has the largest known cave passage in the world by volume. The cave has chambers large enough to fit an entire city block of New York. The colossal cave also has its own jungle, eco-system, localized weather, rare limestone cave pearls, and it is home to a 80 meters (262 ft) tall stalagmite, which is the largest ever found.




5. The world largest archipelago has nearly 150 volcanoes


Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia is dominated by nearly 150 volcanoes, of which 127 active volcanoes. The volcanoes are spread over the 13,000 islands, covering an area that is almost similar in size to that of the continent of the Unites States. The most active volcanoes are Kelud and Merapi in Java. Despite the disastrous eruptions of many volcanoes, it is still a remarkable destination for many tourists. Volcano mountains such as mount Bromo, Ijen Crater, Mount Merbaru, and mount Batur provide breath-taking panoramas of the whole island.



6. Nine of World’s tallest buildings are in Asia

Asia is not only home to tall statues and large caves, it is also home to 9 of the 10 world’s tallest buildings. The Burj Khalifa (828 m or 1,717 ft) in Dubai and the Shanghai tower (632 m or 2,073 ft) in Shanghai are the top two world’s tallest buildings, followed by Mecca (Saudi Arabia), Shenzhen (China), Seoul (South Korea), Guangzhou, Tianjin, Beijing (China), and Taipei (Taiwan).


We’ve only summarized a few fascinating facts, but Asia is so big and it has much more to offer: from astonishing hidden gems in Southeast Asia to the pulsating energy in Asia’s biggest metropolises. Whether you are going to Asia for an internship, language study, or travel, the continent is so big that you’ll discover something new every day. 

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